About Georgia C.A.R.E. Project

GeorgiaCareProject_logo croppedGeorgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education, Inc.  (Georgia C.A.R.E. Project) is dedicated to the reform of Georgia’s antiquated cannabis laws.

Georgia C.A.R.E. Project is a volunteer-led organization that believes it’s time to end marijuana prohibition.

Georgia C.A.R.E. Project serves as a clearinghouse for information on cannabis law reform, activism and provides a voice for cannabis law reform in Georgia.

Our affiliate is Athens C.A.R.E. Project at the University of Georgia. Director Josh Wayne is actively organizing and hosting events.

Contact information: Email: [email protected] – Phone: 404 / 271 / 9061

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Disclaimer: Georgia C.A.R.E. Project does not advocate violation of any local, state or federal laws. We do not offer medical or legal advice – please consult a lawyer or medical professional.  We do not offer referrals for access to medical cannabis.  We are not associated with any government agency.

Our project is focused on three issues:

  • Allowing patients unfettered, safe access to tested and regulated medical marijuana that is grown, packaged and sold in Georgia.
  • Reforming Georgia law to remove criminal penalties for possession of marijuana.
  • The legalization of industrial hemp and the creation of a robust hemp industry in Georgia.

Georgia C.A.R.E. Project participates in public speaking events, debates, hearings, media interviews and representatives are available for media interviews and consulting.

The cost of prohibition in terms of civil liberties, tax dollars and wasted criminal justice resources is unjustifiable.

State Legislators have acknowledged we can no longer afford the current criminal justice policies and seek solutions.

We need your support in reforming cannabis laws in Georgia.

Our Staff:


James Bell

Director: James Bell – an activist for 25 years and founded Georgia N.O.R.M.L. in 1988. In 2012, James established the Georgia C.A.R.E. Project after Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize. He serves as Georgia’s lobbyist for marijuana law reform and has testified before legislative committees, speaks college events, works with the media as a consultant. He has also been instrumental in helping to draft reform legislation in Georgia.





Secretary / Treasurer: Jason Turner –


Social Media Director: Tracy Manning –


Advisory Board

Andy PhotoAndy Cohen: The Cohen Law Firm – Andy was a public defender in Dalton, Georgia before entering private practice. He represented hundreds of clients in Superior Court in Whitfield and Murray Counties before moving to Atlanta in May of 2009 and starting the Cohen Law Firm. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, a master’s degree from the University of Washington, and a law degree from Mercer University. Having spent much of his adult life as a professional musician, he also has a PhD from the School of Hard Knocks.





Jill PhotoJill G. Polster: The Cohen Law Firm – Known as a fierce advocate, what distinguishes Jill from other criminal defense attorneys is her passion for fighting for the underdog along with her extensive experience handling criminal cases. She has extensive jury trial experience with a proven track record of success both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. J.D. – Georgia State University College of Law / B.A. Ithaca College, Ithaca , New York





Barbara Harris, RT, CMT – An author, Consciousness researcher and counselor living in Atlanta, Georgia. She spent six years at the University of Connecticut Medical School researching the after effects of people who have had Near-Death Experiences and taught about these after effects for 12 years at Rutgers University’s Institute of Alcohol and Drug Studies. She also teaches and writes on the Emotional Needs of Critical Care Patients. Her most recent book is The Secrets of Medicinal Marijuana: A Guide for Patients and Those Who Care for Them (Muse House Press, Atlanta Georgia 2015)



Cass OdumCassandra Odum – Cass Odum’s passion for patient access to cannabis-based treatments is rooted deeply in her true life experiences. She, along with her older sister (a recent breast cancer survivor at age 27), were no strangers to the woes of catastrophic illness. The two struggled through the pain of watching their Mother suffer from Multiples Sclerosis and 2 bouts of breast cancer. Again and again, there were holistic providers who offered cannabis oil sources to aid and ease in the treatment of both illnesses.

A seasoned Mortgage Professional and Forensic Underwriter, and currently works with legal groups to prepare expert testimony used in mortgage fraud cases. Her 26 years of experience in securities, banking and finance and the mortgage industry is a grounding asset to the organization and focus of the Project.



Jennifer Fowler – Registered Nurse